For Cameroon’s opponents at the World Cup, Patrick Mboma’s move to Sunderland is something to be regretted.
Joining the Premiership club ends a frustrating two year spell at Serie A side Parma, where the striker failed to get a regular first team place.
But now he is playing regularly again and is full of confidence.
“When I started the season I wanted to move because I wasn’t playing so much.
“I had the chance to come to Sunderland – I took it and I have no regrets.”
Mboma’s signing in February brought him to England for the first time.
And though only a loan until the end of the season, Sunderland are likely to pay the £4m to make the move permanent.
The striker has played in France, Japan and Italy, and won the African Footballer of the Year Award in 2001.
Despite his international success with Cameroon – he won an Olympic gold in 2000 and has two Nations Cup winners medals – his club career has failed to reach such heights.
The move to Sunderland has not been without its difficulties.
He has left his family, including a two-month old son, behind.
He says the reception he has had in England has made things easy.
“I’m far from my family, but being appreciated by the public helps you”, he said.
“With that communication between me and the crowd, it helps me play better.”
And his new team-mates have been very welcoming.
Jason McAteer called his arrival “a breath of fresh air”.
With his club career looking up, Mboma is much more relaxed about the World Cup.
“I not spending too much time thinking about it”, he said.
And even the prospect of playing Germany fails to rouse him.
“I’m not focussed on that, because we have to play Ireland and Saudi Arabia first.
“If we get six points, playing Germany won’t be so important.
We have a 33% chance to qualify. Saudi Arabia won’t do it. That’s no disrespect to them, but the others are stronger.”
“What Roger Milla did in 1990 was special, but people say we are the best generation.
“Our dream is to reach the semi-finals”.